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MORAL    JUDGMENTS    IN    HISTORY

charity, too much human understanding, in the relations
of man with man. All that we can do with these is to
$ay that the time has come when this particular issue
should be clearly drawn.

Some kinds of history do not operate in the way that
has been described. We can discover that it is in their
intention—it is considered their virtue—that they
should rather kindle the anger and awaken the indigna-
tion of men. Such history has played a great part in the
. generation of the national animosities of our time. And,
since all can find something wicked that -another Power
has done, our continent has seethed with a terrifying
passion for justice and redress—seethed with that kind
of indignation which feels itself only too righteous, only
too sincere. What must be noted in the case of the
conflicts that take place between either nations, or
parties, or regimes or ideologies, is the fact tKat each
can be fertile and ingenious in its " historical explana-
tion " of one part of the story, while in the other part
nothing more is necessary but to bring the effort of
understanding to a halt—the mind can rest satisfied for it
can clinch the matter with a moral judgment instead. So
the Whig historians were not at fault in that they
found historical explanation for the conduct of the
Whigs. They were wrong because they could not enter
with that same Man into the sympathetic understanding
of the other party-
It can hardly have escaped notice, especially in recent
years, how men sympathetic to Communism, when they
were confronted by some crime on the part of Russia,
eager to assemble around it what we have called

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